Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, who was accompanying Union Minister Babul Supriyo at Jadavpur University yesterday, was also on the receiving end of hooliganism by pro-Naxal activists. In a Facebook post, Paul, who has recently joined the BJP said that her saree was torn and she was abused and manhandled by the ‘activists’.
Paul shared a video on Facebook which clearly shows how she was assaulted by a heckling crowd.
Addressing the message to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, she said, “What excuses you would put forward when a lady is being publicly manhandled, molested or abused by students inside a premium university campus just because she committed the fault of attending a fresher’s welcome program organized by ABVP.” She added that such a behaviour is a matter of shame for the entire system. She said that Mamata and her rule is a ‘curse’ to this constitution and she must resign. Paul even condemned the role of Jadavpur University’s Vice Chancellor and the local police for the way the incident was handled.
Last night she had narrated the ordeal on how the Jadavpur University chancellor allegedly remained a mute spectator.
She said that she had requested the Vice Chancellar Suranjan Das to call the police to escort them as thousands of students ‘wanted to assault’ them again while they were on their way out but instead of calling the cops, he remained a mute spectator. Paul said that the vice chancellor said he needed ‘permission’ to call the police.
The Vice Chancellor, then fell ill during all the heckling and was admitted to a hospital.
Paul was accompanying Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who were invited to attend an event organised by the ABVP, students wing of the RSS. The minister who is also an accomplished singer, was invited to perform at the event.
Ahead of his visit, activists of Students Federation of India and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, the student wings of CPI and TMC, had prepared to stop the union minister from entering the university. When Babul Supriyo arrived at the university, the activists gathered at the gate blocking it and presented him from entering the campus at the gate.
Amide the slogans of “Babul Supriyo go back”, the minister was shoved and pushed back by the activists holding red flags. The minister was also manhandled by several people. Some pulled his shirt, while one student was pulling his hair. In the pushing and pulling, Babul Supriyo fell on the ground, and the collar of his shirt was torn.